The Common Good

The Top 10 Stories of February 27, 2012

 Quote of the day.

“I didn’t have any feelings about other people. I mean, in that way, I was a predator. [Now] I’m a protector.” - Ramon Cañas, who along with other convicted killers at the California Men’s Colony helps care for prisoners with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

(New York Times)

1. Rick Santorum presses culture wars attack.

Rick Santorum has opened up a new and provocative front in the political culture wars as he boldly tries to cast the race for the White House as a battle between the secular and the religious.

(Washington Post)

2. Suicide bomber attacks Nigeria church.

The bomber hit the main headquarters of the Church of Christ in the central city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state, on Sunday after driving a car laden with explosives into the church.

(Al Jazeera)

3. Pantries tackle campus hunger.

Oregon State is one of a growing number of colleges and universities nationwide that have a food pantry on campus for students and others struggling to get enough food and supplies.

(USA Today)

4. Across Arizona, illegal immigration is on back burner.

The angry protests over Arizona’s tough policies focused on illegal immigrants are mostly gone. The sponsor of the state’s touchstone immigration bill has been recalled, while two sheriffs who championed the crackdown are enmeshed in legal difficulties.

(New York Times)

5. Afghan base attacked, U.S. cites "heightened threat."

A suicide car bomber killed nine people in an attack on a military airport in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, the latest bloodshed since copies of the Koran were burned at a NATO base last week. 

(Reuters)

6. Syrian regime rockets bombard Homs.

Syrian government troops fired heavy barrages of artillery and rockets on Monday into districts across Homs, where rebels have been holding out through weeks of bombardment.

(Guardian)

7. Deaths in US drone strike in Somalia.

An attack on al-Shabab-held southern Somalia kills four people, including three foreigners according to officials.

(Al Jazeera)

8. Egypt court adjourns US activists'' trial to April.

An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned the trial of dozens of democracy activists including 16 Americans to April, raising hopes among their supporters that the case could be dropped to spare further damage to Egypt''s ties with its ally Washington.

(Reuters)

9. Hope sends refugees back to Darfur.

More than 100,000 people in Darfur have left the sprawling camps where they had taken refuge for nearly a decade and headed home to their villages over the past year, the biggest return of displaced people since the war began in 2003.

(New York Times)

10. Julia Gillard defeats Kevin Rudd in Labor leadership ballot.

Julia Gillard will remain as Australia''s prime minister after winning the resounding backing of her Labor party colleagues in a leadership ballot against Kevin Rudd.

(Guardian)

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